KOLLAM: Marking an end to the long wait of coastal residents, the preliminary work of the coastal highway construction along Kollam would commence on Monday. This was announced by Fisheries Minister J. Mercykkutty Amma while presiding over an assessment meeting in connection with highway construction at the Collectorate hall here.
"The highway that passes through five Assembly constituencies in the district should try in a maximum possible way to avoid residential areas on its alignment. Directives have been given to acquire land along the coastal areas in the district," she said. The construction of road will be completed on a timely basis.
The KIIFB and PWD will be jointly conducting the alignment survey for the coastal road along the areas from Kappil to Pozhikkara. The possibilities of land acquisition should also be examined in connection with the alignment survey.The road parallel to the Kollam Thodu should also be developed along with the new construction. This road will be widened to avail 14 meters for transportation. In the next meeting under KIIFB, along with a report on first phase of survey starting from Kappil, the estimate should also be ready for submission, the minister directed.
Sufficient action will be initiated by the government to release land in the mining sites of IRE and KMML for construction of the road. "The land acquisition along the Kattil Mekkathil - Vellanathuruthu stretch should be made faster," the minister added.
The construction works along Thanni - Kochupilamoodu and Thirumullavarom - Sakthikulangara, in second and third phases respectively, should be completed on a timely basis. The survey and assessment works should be completed at the earliest, making it possible to float tenders by December, she added.